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CDP Certification Program

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SAVE $200…And move to the head of the class.

Enroll now in the Certification Program and reduce your tuition by $200!

With the Certification Program, you enroll now in all seven Courses for a tuition of only $1725. (When enrolled separately, tuition for all seven Courses totals $1,925.) It’s our way of honoring your desire to become a Certified Development Professional.

Simply click on Enroll and we’ll sign you up for the seven Courses you need to achieve your Certified Development Professional status.

Choose the order of your coursework.

We do recommend starting with Development & the Relationship Continuum, and Development Audit.

Begin when you are ready and set your own pace.

We recommend working on no more than two Courses at the same time.

Personalized Feedback

In the Certification Program, your ministry projects receive first priority from our expert CDP reviewers.

We will help you refine, enhance, and strengthen your plans.

As always, your Course Instructor is easily contacted through messaging whenever you have questions or need help.

Recognize Your Achievement

You will earn your Badge in each essential element of Development when you successfully complete all assignments and projects in each Course.

Earn all seven Badges and receive your gold-seal status of Certified Development Professional!

Be Inspired

Your CDPOnline tuition enrolls you in our moderated online forum, the Global Development Network for one year, FREE!

Our Guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied within 14 days of enrolling in the Certification Program, we will refund your tuition.

Let’s Get Started!

There’s no better time than right now to build your ministry’s capacity through CDPOnline.

Fundraising

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Certification or Just One Course?

The CDP Certification Program includes all seven of the Courses required to achieve your credential. If you are responsible for growing your ministry or help support its impact, then you won’t want to miss any of the essentials we have built into this program. You save on tuition! And your projects are given first priority by our Team. Click here for details and our risk-free guarantee: CDP Certification Program

If you just need a refresher, or have a pressing need in one of the seven essentials of Development, then we invite you to take that individual Course.

About this Course: Fundraising

Fundraising does not need to be the first course you take in your CDP journey. It will, however, give you a full explanation of many of our important terms, principles, and strategies. Our overriding Definition of Development, our Rules of Development (okay, they’re more like guidelines), and Developmental Indicators will quickly get you started with proven and practical strategies to use in your ministry’s Development plan.

We Want You To:

  • Learn the definition of Development.
  • Learn and apply tracking of your ministry’s Developmental Indicators to chart a course of growth.
  • Learn how to immediately apply the Rules of Development to your ministry.
  • Learn and apply Giving Charts to your ministry to guide fundraising goals.
  • Learn the importance of non-funding programs to support your Development strategies.
  • Learn four strategies used in nearly every Development and fundraising plan.

Personalized Feedback

A member of our expert CDP team will review all your submitted projects and provide personalized feedback on your progress.  Every project uses your ministry as the example. We will help you refine, enhance, and strengthen your plans. Your Course Instructor is easily contacted through messaging whenever you have questions or need help.

Recognize Your Achievement

You will earn your Badge in Fundraising when you successfully complete all assignments and projects in this Course. Gain your Certification by earning all seven of the Certified Development Professional Badges.

Be Inspired

Your Course tuition enrolls you in our moderated forum, the Global Development Network for one year, FREE!

Our Guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied within 14 days of enrolling, we will refund your tuition.

Let’s Get Started!

There’s no better time than right now to build your ministry’s capacity through more effective fundraising.

Development & The Relationship Continuum

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Certification or Just One Course?

The CDP Certification Program includes all seven of the Courses required to achieve your credential. If you are responsible for growing your ministry or help support its impact, then you won’t want to miss any of the essentials we have built into this program. You save on tuition! And your projects are given first priority by our Team. Click here for details and our risk-free guarantee: CDP Certification Program

If you just need a refresher, or have a pressing need in one of the seven essentials of Development, then we invite you to take that individual Course.

About this Course: Development & The Relationship Continuum

Development is all about relationship…because the Kingdom of God is about relationship. Your ministry will not lack resources when you focus on your relationships. Just as with people in love, relationships are on a continuum between the emotional and the sustainable. A relationship needs to be courted, managed, cared for, and strengthened. Knowing and acting on the stages of the Continuum is at the heart of helping people engage with your mission in meaningful ways.

We Want You To:

  • Learn the definition of Development.
  • Learn the stages of the Relationship Continuum ©.
  • Identify how best to engage people along the Continuum.
  • Learn what “critical groups and individuals” are and how to identify them for your ministry.
  • Plan how you will meaningfully connect with your “critical groups.”
  • Learn more effective ways to introduce people to your ministry.
  • Practice conversations about your ministry and experience when someone becomes a partner in the mission.

Personalized Feedback

A member of our expert CDP team will review all your submitted projects and provide personalized feedback on your progress. Every project uses your ministry as the example. We will help you refine, enhance, and strengthen your plans. Your Course Instructor is easily contacted through messaging whenever you have questions or need help.

Recognize Your Achievement

You will earn your Badge in Development & The Relationship Continuum when you successfully complete all assignments and projects in this Course. Gain your Certification by earning all seven of the Certified Development Professional Badges.

Be Inspired

Your Course tuition enrolls you in our moderated forum, the Global Development Network for one year,FREE!

Our Guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied within 14 days of enrolling, we will refund your tuition.

Let’s Get Started!

There’s no better time than right now to build your ministry’s capacity through stronger, more meaningful relationships.

Development & The Relationship Continuum

Development is all about relationship. Learn how to more effectively engage people in your mission.

The Development Audit

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Certification or Just One Course?

The CDP Certification Program includes all seven of the Courses required to achieve your credential. If you are responsible for growing your ministry or help support its impact, then you won’t want to miss any of the essentials we have built into this program. You save on tuition! And your projects are given first priority by our Team. Click here for details and our risk-free guarantee: CDP Certification Program

If you just need a refresher, or have a pressing need in one of the seven essentials of Development, then we invite you to take that individual Course

About this Course: The Development Audit

Just as with a doctor’s checkup, we often need to evaluate our Development activities and plans. This course gives you the framework to conduct your own checkup, determining the pulse, respiration and general health of your Development plans and activities.

Watch the teaching session (introduction) and then complete the Development Audit Questionnaire. Submit the Questionnaire to us for feedback and encouraging ideas. Thanks and God Bless.

We Want You To:

  • Learn the elements of a self-audit to objectively identify organizational strengths and weaknesses.
  • Identify major categories of donors.
  • Identify real annual contributions.
  • Assess the strength of your general public relations materials.
  • Assess your volunteer recruitment and retention.
  • Identify and prioritize next steps for improving and strengthening your ministry’s Development health.

Personalized Feedback

A member of our expert CDP team will review all your submitted projects and provide personalized feedback on your progress.  Every project uses your ministry as the example. We will help you refine, enhance, and strengthen your plans. Your Course Instructor is easily contacted through messaging whenever you have questions or need help.

Recognize Your Achievement

You will earn your Badge in The Development Audit when you successfully complete all assignments and projects in this Course. Gain your Certification by earning all seven of the Certified Development Professional Badges.

Be Inspired

Your Course tuition enrolls you in our moderated forum, the Global Development Network for one year, FREE!

Our Guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied within 14 days of enrolling, we will refund your tuition.

Let’s Get Started!

There’s no better time than right now to build your ministry’s capacity through intentional assessment.

Strategic Planning

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Certification or Just One Course?

The CDP Certification Program includes all seven of the Courses required to achieve your credential. If you are responsible for growing your ministry or help support its impact, then you won’t want to miss any of the essentials we have built into this program. You save on tuition! And your projects are given first priority by our Team. Click here for details and our risk-free guarantee: CDP Certification Program

If you just need a refresher, or have a pressing need in one of the seven essentials of Development, then we invite you to take that individual Course.

About this Course: Strategic Planning

In our experience, 90% of all Strategic Plans fail! And, most Mission Statements fall woefully short in giving senior leadership, staff, and volunteers the direction, guidance, encouragement, and support they need. Yet, your Development Plan cannot be effective if it’s not connected to your ministry’s Strategic Plan and Mission. This course uses our proven process to help refine your current Mission Statement and Strategic Plan and then directly connect your Development Plan so your Mission is accomplished.

We Want You To:

  • Learn the difference between “outputs” and “outcomes.”
  • Learn and practice the process for identifying outcomes that genuinely have meaningful impact.
  • Review your ministry’s Vision and Mission Statements and suggest revisions to strengthen them.

Personalized Feedback

A member of our expert CDP team will review all your submitted projects and provide personalized feedback on your progress. Every project uses your ministry as the example. We will help you refine, enhance, and strengthen your plans. Your Course Instructor is easily contacted through messaging whenever you have questions or need help.

Recognize Your Achievement

You will earn your Badge in Strategic Planning when you successfully complete all assignments and projects in this Course. Gain your Certification by earning all seven of the Certified Development Professional Badges.

Be Inspired

Your Course tuition enrolls you in our moderated forum, the Global Development Network for one year, FREE!

Our Guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied within 14 days of enrolling, we will refund your tuition.

Let’s Get Started!

There’s no better time than right now to build your ministry’s capacity through stronger, more practical planning.

SAVE 50% on Tuition

We encourage your development director, executive director, senior leadership, and board members to take Strategic Planning together. Each additional person from your ministry, enrolling in Strategic Planning with you, may enroll for 50% off regular Course tuition. Use Coupon Code SP50 when enrolling each additional person from your ministry.

Leading & Organizing

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Certification or Just One Course?

The CDP Certification Program includes all seven of the Courses required to achieve your credential. If you are responsible for growing your ministry or help support its impact, then you won’t want to miss any of the essentials we have built into this program. You save on tuition! And your projects are given first priority by our Team. Click here for details and our risk-free guarantee: CDP Certification Program

If you just need a refresher, or have a pressing need in one of the seven essentials of Development, then we invite you to take that individual Course.

About this Course: Leading & Organizing

You don’t have to be a “leader” to provide leadership. Knowing what enables people to meaningfully connect with your ministry, and how to structure their involvement are essentials of good leadership. You may do all the right things in a developmental relationship and still experience failure. You must also safeguard what influences people’s attitudes in and out of your organization. Practically speaking, good leadership gets things done. Our proven model works for planning anything!

We Want You To:

  • Learn the Attitude Continuum © and the vital role it plays in your ministry relationships.
  • Learn the subjective factors that cause people to either leave your ministry or become deeply rooted in your vision and mission.
  • Identify where your partners and stakeholders are on the Attitude Continuum.
  • Learn and practice strategies that keep the volunteers you have and encourages new ones to join your mission.
  • Learn how to organize your volunteer structure, so people are partnering in meaningfully ways and your mission is advanced.
  • Learn and practice the eight-step model for successfully planning anything.
  • Develop strategies for productive and successful team meetings.
  • Build a Development Calendar maximizing the best times to invite people to support your ministry.

Personalized Feedback

A member of our expert CDP team will review all your submitted projects and provide personalized feedback on your progress.  Every project uses your ministry as the example. We will help you refine, enhance, and strengthen your plans. Your Course Instructor is easily contacted through messaging whenever you have questions or need help.

Recognize Your Achievement

You will earn your Badge in Leading & Organizing when you successfully complete all assignments and projects in this Course. Gain your Certification by earning all seven of the Certified Development Professional Badges.

Be Inspired

Your Course tuition enrolls you in our moderated forum, the Global Development Network for one year, FREE!

Our Guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied within 14 days of enrolling, we will refund your tuition.

Let’s Get Started!

There’s no better time than right now to build your ministry’s capacity to get things done!

Solicitation Process

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Certification or Just One Course?

The CDP Certification Program includes all seven of the Courses required to achieve your credential. If you are responsible for growing your ministry or help support its impact, then you won’t want to miss any of the essentials we have built into this program. You save on tuition! And your projects are given first priority by our Team. Click here for details and our risk-free guarantee: CDP Certification Program

If you just need a refresher, or have a pressing need in one of the seven essentials of Development, then we invite you to take that individual Course.

About this Course: Solicitation Process

This the longest and most involved course offered through CDPOnline. This gets to the nuts and bolts of the solicitation process, including: identifying potential partners, cultivating a sustainable relationship with them, and actually “making the ask.” You will learn to use a method for growing and strengthening your relationship with any individual partner or group. This is not about manipulation or fads, but a proven process that honors people and their purpose in fulfilling Kingdom work here on earth.

We Want You To:

  • Learn the seven steps of the solicitation process.
  • Apply the solicitation process to a strategy within your ministry.
  • Learn how to “bridge,” to keep the relationship positive and growing.
  • Apply “bridging” to at least two strategies within your ministry.
  • Learn five ways to continue conversations and relationships with individuals even if they’ve declined your request for a donation.
  • Identify basic database needs to support the Solicitation process.
  • Assess your ministry’s current database and IT “health”.
  • Learn how to structure your database so it helps you grow your relationships.
  • Learn how to Prioritize database and/or IT changes and improvements.

Personalized Feedback

A member of our expert CDP team will review all your submitted projects and provide personalized feedback on your progress.  Every project uses your ministry as the example. We will help you refine, enhance, and strengthen your plans. Your Course Instructor is easily contacted through messaging whenever you have questions or need help.

Recognize Your Achievement

You will earn your Badge in The Solicitation Process when you successfully complete all assignments and projects in this Course. Gain your Certification by earning all seven of the Certified Development Professional Badges.

Be Inspired

Your Course tuition enrolls you in our moderated forum, the Global Development Network for one year, FREE!

Our Guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied within 14 days of enrolling, we will refund your tuition.

Let’s Get Started!

There’s no better time than right now to build your ministry’s capacity through more effectively engaging others in Kingdom work.

Communications & Public Relations

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Certification or Just One Program?

The CDP Certification Program includes all seven of the Courses required to achieve your credential. If you are responsible for growing your ministry or help support its impact, then you won’t want to miss any of the essentials we have built into this program. You save on tuition! And your projects are given first priority by our Team. Click here for details and our risk-free guarantee: CDP Certification Program

If you just need a refresher, or have a pressing need in one of the seven essentials of Development, then we invite you to take that individual Course.

About this Course: Communications & Public Relations

We commonly hear CDP students share that, “Our ministry is the best kept secret in our city.” Your story needs to be shared often, effectively, and with passion. This Course will give you an overview of effective communication and public relations strategies that will dovetail into your current Development efforts.

We Want You To:

  • Assess your ministry’s current communication tools and strategies.
  • Identify at least four improvements to your communication strategies.
  • Identify 5 groups critical to your public relations message.
  • Identify the most effective times to use direct mail, email, social media and personal communications.

Personalized Feedback

A member of our expert CDP team will review all your submitted projects and provide personalized feedback on your progress.  Every project uses your ministry as the example. We will help you refine, enhance, and strengthen your plans. Your Course Instructor is easily contacted through messaging whenever you have questions or need help.

Recognize Your Achievement

You will earn your Badge in Communications & Public Relations when you successfully complete all assignments and projects in this Course. Gain your Certification by earning all seven of the Certified Development Professional Badges.

Be Inspired

Your Course tuition enrolls you in our moderated forum, the Global Development Network for one year, FREE!

Our Guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied within 14 days of enrolling, we will refund your tuition.

Let’s Get Started!

There’s no better time than right now to build your ministry’s capacity through telling your story better.